Melissa Avrin died of a heart attack last year at the age of 19. The event was induced by bulimia, which she suffered from for about one-third of her much-too-short life.
Not long after her passing, Melissa’s mother, Judy, found her daughter’s journal. She was inspired by one of the entries:
I’ll eat breakfast.
I’ll keep a job for more than 3 weeks.
I’ll have a boyfriend for more than 10 days.
I’ll love someone.
I’ll travel wherever I want.
I’ll make my family proud.
I’ll make a movie that changes lives.”
Judy, a 56-year-old library coordinator, has now almost completed a film called Someday Melissa, which the New York Times describes as Ms. Avrin’s “salve, distraction and cause — a way to get the word out to other families grappling with eating disorders that they are not alone.”
She’s worked together with 27-year-old filmmaker Jeffrey Cobelli to bring her family’s experience to the screen, as well as important information from experts, like the fact that eating disorders “have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.”
I’m so sorry for Ms. Avrin’s loss, but proud of her for channeling her grief into a worthy and compassionate project. She hopes to have Someday Melissa ready in time for summer film festivals, in effort to secure the film a wider release. Learn more at somedaymelissa.com.